Small Sacrifices Soundtrack (

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Alternate Names:
Title in Español:

Pequeños sacrificios

Title in Italiano:

Sacrificio d'amore

Title in Português:

Small Sacrifices


Small Sacrifices

On the night of May 19th, 1983, single mother Diane Downs (Farrah Fawcett) brought her 3 young children into an ER in Springfield, Oregon. All the children had life-threatening gun-shot wounds--one of them died upon arrival, and the other 2 remained in very serious condition. However, Diane showed no emotion whatsoever while her kids fought for their lives.

When questioned by authorities, Diane alleged that a "bushy-haired stranger" had signaled her car off of the road, tried to steal it, and when he was unsuccessful, had shot all 3 of the children and her in the arm. But while investigating the incident, detective Doug Welch (Gordon Clapp) begins to find discrepancies in Diane's story. He then starts digging into her past and soon discovers that not only was Diane a cruel, abusive, and neglectful parent, but she had been in trouble with the law before.

Further investigation on the 28-year-old woman uncovered a troubled homelife, surrogate pregnancies, a messy divorce, and an affair with a married man (Ryan O'Neal). Determined to put away the woman he now suspects is a cruel, heartless, and manipulative liar who tried to murder her own children in cold blood, Detective Welch struggles for physical evidence with the help of a prosecuting attorney, Frank Joziac (John Shea), who is also determined to find justice for the children.

Their efforts pay off in the end--Diane Downs is convicted of first degree murder, two counts of attempted first degree murder, and one count of first degree assault. She is sentenced to life plus 50 years in prison, where she remains today.

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Andrew Robinson

The music in Small Sacrifices effectively mirrors the escalating tension and suspense of the investigation, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the film.

Steven Johnson

The musical choices in Small Sacrifices contribute to the overall atmosphere of the film, adding depth and richness to the narrative and leaving a lasting impression on the audience.

William Mitchell

Additionally, the soundtrack of Small Sacrifices at times felt intrusive and disconnected from the on-screen events, failing to create a cohesive and immersive viewing experience. The music seemed out of place and did not effectively complement the dark and chilling nature of the narrative.

Donald Wright

The use of subtle melodies and impactful soundscapes in the soundtrack of Small Sacrifices adds depth and complexity to the storytelling, making it a truly immersive and unforgettable experience for the viewers.

Matthew Hill

The use of haunting melodies and eerie soundscapes in the soundtrack of Small Sacrifices adds an extra layer of depth to the storytelling, immersing the audience in the dark and tragic tale.

Lisa Thompson

The soundtrack of Small Sacrifices enhances the storytelling by evoking a range of emotions, from fear and sadness to anger and disbelief, making the viewing experience more engaging and impactful.

Timothy Evans

The soundtrack of Small Sacrifices skillfully underscores the psychological complexity of the characters, amplifying the drama and intrigue of the unfolding events.

Sarah Campbell

The soundtrack of Small Sacrifices seamlessly integrates with the visuals, creating a cohesive and immersive viewing experience that heightens the suspense and drama.

Michael Campbell

The soundtrack of Small Sacrifices is hauntingly beautiful, creating an eerie and suspenseful atmosphere that perfectly complements the dark and gripping storyline.

Thomas Garcia

The music in Small Sacrifices sets the tone for the chilling and disturbing events depicted in the film, creating a sense of unease and foreboding.

Thomas Brown

Each musical piece in the soundtrack of Small Sacrifices effectively captures the emotional intensity of the scenes, enhancing the audience's connection to the characters and their struggles.

Kimberly Hill

The soundtrack of Small Sacrifices effectively captures the tension and suspense of the true crime story, enhancing the viewer's emotional connection to the narrative.

Patricia Turner

The musical score of Small Sacrifices effectively conveys the emotional turmoil and inner conflicts of the characters, enhancing the overall impact of the film.

Elizabeth Baker

The soundtrack of Small Sacrifices failed to effectively convey the emotional intensity and drama of the true crime story. The music felt generic and uninspired, lacking the depth and complexity needed to enhance the storytelling.